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By Dave B. Roberts. Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release SOON, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!
March 2012: Ax Facts & Stats with Less Than Jake guitarist Chris DeMakes.

By Dave B. Roberts. Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release SOON, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Chris DeMakes

My current job is:
GUITARIST, SINGER AND GENERAL BULLSHIT ARTIST WITH LESS THAN JAKE.

My hometown:
GAINESVILLE, FL.

My current album or project:
SEASONS GREETINGS e.p. by LESS THAN JAKE

Former bands:
ALAN PARSONS PROSTATE.

My guitar influences growing up were:
KIRK HAMMET, VITO BRATTA AND YNGWIE. J. MALMSTEEN.

The guitars I use are:
ESP GUITARS.

The strings and tunings I use are:
ERNIE BALL STRINGS AND MOSTLY STANDARD E TUNING. OCCASIONALLY DROP D.

My current rig setup consists of:
BLACKSTAR 200 AND LINE 6 WIRELESS.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
A PROTECTIVE GUITAR CASE!!

My normal songwriting process consists of:
GOING THROUGH TONS OF RIFFS THAT I RECORD ON MY PHONE AT 3 IN THE MORNING.

My favorite guitar solo from our band:
WE ARE A 5 PIECE PUNK BAND. DON'T REALLY SOLO MUCH. I CAN PLAY THE HELL OUT OF THREE CHORDS THOUGH!!

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
VITO BRATTA "LITTLE FIGHTER"

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
IN A GADDA DA VIDA by IRON BUTTERFLY.

Favorite song from our band:
“ABANDON SHIP"

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:
“ANIMANIACS THEME".

My Career highlight thus far is:
OPENING FOR BON JOVI ON THE 2000 "CRUSH" TOUR

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
GOING UP FOR A ROCKSTAR JUMP AND REALIZING THE "INNOCENT" FART I LET OUT WASN'T SO INNOCENT.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
MY WIRELESS MICROPHONE. I HATE BEING TIED DOWN.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
QUIET RIOT "METAL HEALTH".

My first guitar was:
A CHEAP YAMAHA FROM SEARS.

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was:
IN MY CAR IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA AROUND 1995.

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's:
BOWEL MOVEMENTS AT 7:30 am ARE GREAT. IT'S THE GETTING OUT OF BED AT 8 am THAT IS NOT SO GREAT.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
2 BEERS AND 2 SHOTS OF JAGER.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
WHEN I USED TO SEE MY DAD SING AT SMOKY BARS AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
I WAS BORN WITHOUT AN UPPER LEFT BICUSPID. HAD TO BE FITTED WITH A BRIDGE.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
LEARN HOW TO INTONATE AND TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENT PROPERLY.

CD(s)listening to right now:
NEW VAN HALEN.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
NOFX "Punk in Drublic" - SNUFF "First album" and BLACK SABBATH "Mob Rules"

Best gig:
READING FESTIVAL 2002 IN FRONT OF 80,000 PEOPLE

Favorite junk food:
GREASY BURGERS

My biggest pet peeve:
TARDINESS.

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
“EFF YOU."... GETS ME INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE.

The hardest part of my job:
DEALING WITH ME.

What I like to do in my "off" time (hobbies):
FISHING, EXERCISE, FINDING WOMEN TO BREAK MY HEART.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
THANK MY LUCKY STARS I DON'T HAVE TO GO IN SEARCH OF A CLEAN TOILET.

Previous or first day job:
DISHWASHER AT A CHINESE RESTAURANT.

Right after this interview I'm going to:
GO JOGGING.

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
MY TOUR MANAGER, MR. MATT YONKER.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
A SHADY INSURANCE SALESMAN.

Favorite movie:
“PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES" .

My mission in life:
TO ROCK!

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
BOBBY MCFERRIN.

My next goal is:
LOSE ANOTHER 10 LBS. Free Shipping to Store at GuitarCenter.com!

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
MADE ME APPRECIATE NOT HAVING TO WORK A SHITTY JOB.

Check out our Website at:
www.LESSTHANJAKE.COM

The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be:
IGGY POP.

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
TO HAVE A MUSIC CAREER IN 20 YEARS FROM NOW, TO DO D A DUET WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON AND TO NOT DIE DROWNING.

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
MY SUAVE GOOD LOOKS AND UNBRIDLED HUMOR.

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